The Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA), project co-ordinator of the Terra Lemnia project, was legally established in September 2003 as a non-profit organization, based in Athens, Greece. Its mission is to contribute to a harmonious relationship between Anthropos (Humankind) and Nature by working on their interface, particularly in the Mediterranean Region, through research, action and awareness raising.


The University of the Aegean (UAegean) was founded in 1984 aiming to introduce new approaches in higher education in Greece and worldwide and to promote regional development. Situated in 6 picturesque islands in the Aegean Archipelago, the UAegean offers a unique natural, cultural and human environment for modern studies in the ancient cradle of knowledge.


The Agricultural University of Athens (AUA) offers high-level undergraduate and postgraduate Education and Research in Agricultural Science, and its vision is to achieve Educational and Research Excellence so as to occupy a dynamic position in the international academic environment.

True to its traditional role of responding to the productive and developmental needs of the Greek economy and society, the AUA intervenes and develops in line with the development and orientation of modern education and science. Moreover, it is in continuous contact with society so as to make proposals and provide solutions to problems that arise within the agri-nutrition sector.

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Hellenic Ornithological Society is a conservation non-governmental organization for the protection of wild birds and their habitats in Greece. It was founded in 1982 and its mission is to ensure a sustainable natural environment for birds and people.


For over ten years, the association for protection of the environment and architectural heritage of Lemnos, “Anemoessa” aims to inform and raise awareness of the public on ecological and environmental matters affecting landscape aesthetics and public health.

Society for the protection of Prespa

Since 1991 the SPP based of Agios Germanos has contributed to secure the appropriate management of natural resources, sustainable forms of development, the protection of threatened species and the informing and awareness-raising of the public.

The SPP’s mission is to safeguard the natural and cultural heritage of the Prespa basin as a whole, for the benefit of all its inhabitants both today and in the future.

Tour du Valat

Founded privately in 1954 the Tour du Valat which is located in the heart of the Camargue has developed its research activities for the conservation of Mediterranean wetlands in cooperation with numerous local, national, and international partners.

TUV Austria Hellas

TÜV AUSTRIA Hellas has been operating in Greece since 1994 and is a 100% subsidiary of TÜV AUSTRIA. It provides independent third-party services in the form of Technical Audits, Inspections, Certifications and transfer of know-how, combined with lifelong-learning services, in a large number of specialized sectors of economic activity. TÜV AUSTRIA Hellas has Accreditation from the Hellenic Accreditation System as an Inspection, Certification and Technical Auditing Body. In the framework of Terra Lemnia, TÜV AUSTRIA Hellas supports MedINA in the development of the private certification scheme “Agricultural Tradition and Biodiversity” and its pilot implementation in the islands of Lemnos and Kythera. This activity is co-funded by the Green Fund.

Alexis Kotoylas & Partners

AK&P has been active since 1972 in Kozani, in the field of accounting and financial services. In the framework of Terra Lemnia, AK&P is coordinating the activities for promotion of local products and preparation of a local quality agreement in Lemnos. In parallel, it is preparing a road map for market promotion of Kytherian olive oil, as part of a knowledge transfer activity from Lemnos to Kythera Island.


KIPA is a non-profit Foundation based in Livadi, Kythera Island. KIPA has been working since 2006 to make Kythera and Antikythera a hub of sustainable development, promoting the cultural and natural heritage of the two islands and enhancing the quality of life of their inhabitants.
KIPA supports and co-funds the activity of sustainable farming on Kythera, which aims to establish a local network of olive oil producers, as part of a knowledge transfer activity from Lemnos to Kythera.

The Green Tank

The Green Tank is an independent, non-profit environmental think tank, active in the fields of research-based analysis and advocacy, achieving results through dialogue and synergies, providing policy solutions and fostering ideas for transformative change. The Green Tank is responsible for policy advocacy of Terra Lemnia, supporting MedINA and other project partners to translate research findings into concrete proposals for improvement of the institutional framework regarding agro-pastoral practices.

The Biodiversity core group

The biodiversity team of the Terra Lemnia project plans to record existing biodiversity in selected locations of Lemnos, the examination of any connections to the current agricultural practices and finally to establish not only regular field research but a long-term monitoring system for biodiversity based on specific biomarkers.

Members of the Biodiversity core group come from national and international research organizations and universities such as the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA), the University of Patras, the University of Gottingen in Germany the Hellenic Ornithological Society, the research institute Tour du Valat and the IUCN.